Introducing… SCRAPPY

A System for Completion, Retention, and Academic Professional PathwaYs in Nursing

The journey to a nursing career is both exciting and challenging as you mentally and academically prepare yourself to enter the world of healthcare. Wellstar College of Health and Human Services seeks to ensure that students have every option available to them to make their journey rewarding.

Starting May 10, 2024, students interested in pursuing nursing will choose (or change their major to) one of the following pathways. Each major incorporates the required Nursing major prerequisites...

  • Human Services, B.S. with Nursing Concentration

  • Integrated Health Science, B.S. with Nursing Concentration

  • Public Health, B.S. with Nursing Concentration (available on August 1) *If you are interested in this pathway, please email

Upon the completion of the nursing admission criteria, students are encouraged to apply to the Nursing major. Students achieving admission will then enter the Nursing Major. Students not achieving acceptance can continue with their selected major (minus the Nursing Concentration).  Please note, you are welcome to apply again to the Nursing program or pivot to a different degree offered by the University. The result remains the same – your completed coursework will be applied toward a degree that opens the door to the healthcare industry.

All your required Nursing prerequisite coursework and any courses that you have already completed will be applied to your newly selected major.

Remember, Kennesaw State’s nursing program is highly competitive and offers limited seats to eligible students. Over the past several years, we have worked to increase capacity in the program and are continuing our efforts to help admit as many students as possible. SCRAPPY ensures every student can reach their goal of earning an impactful degree that transforms lives.

Visit the Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates site in Wellstar or download the Nursing Pathways Distinction flyer for an explanation of the differences between each degree pathway.


  • When you change your major, you will see that the required nursing prerequisite will be linked under Nursing Concentration. You are not required to complete any new courses for your application to the Nursing major. Refer to the KSU (Kennesaw State University) Undergraduate Catalog for information about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.
  • The Department of Education issued regulations stipulating that Title IV funds may only be used to pay for coursework that is part of the student’s program and leads to a degree or other recognized credential. Since KSU's Nursing program is a gated program with a limited seat cap and you are not a Nursing major until formally accepted, students must pursue a complimentary educational pathway that integrates with the nursing prerequisites. KSU has designed three pathways in Human Services, Integrated Health Sciences, and Public Health. All coursework in these pathways meets Financial Aid requirements. Students pursuing nursing must select one of these degree pathways until they are formally admitted into the Nursing program. Once admitted into Nursing, the student's major will be changed to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. If a student does not successfully achieve admission, they may continue in their selected degree program minus the Nursing Concentration or change majors.
  • HOPE and Zell are awarded to students who meet the eligibility criteria if they are in a degree-seeking program. Students pursuing a Nursing degree are eligible to receive Zell and Hope. The HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships will prorate based on the total number of hours a student is taking, regardless of the degree being pursued.
  • Merit and need-based scholarships are available based on a wide variety of requirements. KSU offers a portal to apply for both internal and external scholarships called Scholarship Universe. Students may apply online:

  • For federal aid, courses must count toward the program of study that leads to a degree or other recognized credential. The Nursing pathways are designed and allow for students pursuing a Nursing degree to be eligible for financial aid.

  • Kennesaw State now offers a new Core IMPACTS curriculum. IMPACTS are guided by an orienting question and learning outcomes, along with a set of career-ready competencies. A student enrolling at KSU for the Fall 2024 semester and after, or those who change their major to the Fall 2024 catalog will be under IMPACTS.
    • I: institutional Priority (Formerly Area B) 5 Credit Hours
    • M: Mathematics and Quantitative Skills (Formerly Area A2) 3-4 Credit Hours
    • P: Political Science and U.S. History (Formerly Areas E1 and E2) 6 Credit Hours
    • A: Arts, Humanities & Ethics (Formerly Area C) 6 Credit Hours
    • C: Communicating in Writing (Formerly Area A1) 6 Credit hours
    • T: Technology, Mathematics, & Sciences (Formerly Area D) 10-12 Credit Hours
    • S: Social Sciences (Formerly Areas E3 and E4) 6 Credit Hours

    Students will take 42 credit hours of IMPACTS core courses and 18 hours of Field Study (formerly Area F) requirements.
    Please visit the USG General Education Refresh page for more information.

  • Yes, ALL students interested in pursuing the nursing degree must update their major to one of the new pathways that incorporate the Nursing Concentration.

    Note, students may select from other majors offered on campus but they will not see the -N (Nursing) concentration in their degreeworks plan and will need to track the requirements for admission to Nursing.
  • Yes, students can double major.

Are you READY TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR?  Download instructions to change your major to one of the three SCRAPPY (Nursing) Pathways.